“Insecure,” Writer Amy Aniobi Picked her Passion and Found Success

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Amy Aniobi writes for the hit HBO show, “Insecure,” staring Issa Rae. The show is currently taping it’s third season, but Amy (my Nigerian sister from another mister) took some time to chat with us. She even has a season three spoiler for us so listen until the end!

Amy’s story is not only about a 30 something living her best life and working for a hit show. It is also about picking your passion and sticking with it no matter what, believing you’ve achieved success before it happens.

 

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The Spin Studio Girl Boss Riding Past the Competition

 

Meaghan St. Marc says she is the most non-entrepreneur Entrepreneur. But sometimes you can’t fight destiny! This is who she was meant to be! In the last few years she and her business partner have opened not one, not two, but THREE spin studios. Like many of us, she felt like she had to do what she studied in college, but her love of fitness and helping people couldn’t be denied.

Today, Rev’d Indoor Cycling has a big following in the Boston ‘burbs. In fact, when Soul Cycle moved in next door. But this small business did not get scared by the competition. In fact, business has gotten better.

A HUSTLER, newlywed, and soon to be mommy, Meag is definitely a girl boss, which she describes as a woman doing something, pushing the limits, creating and supporting. YASS!

 

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Be like Whoopi: Cut your Chores and Save the Earth

 

When Whoopi Goldberg called a new company, they moved heaven and earth to give her what she wanted. But even the celebrity power of Whoopi, Kathy Lee and Hoda, and the Primetime Emmys wasn’t enough to change the course of this company’s future. Listen to hear what BOSS move took Beantown Bedding from local start-up to powerhouse. Not only are they kicking butt as a business, they are making our lives easier by cutting down our chores AND we get to save the environment at the same time! Sounds like a win win!

Listen until the end for an interview for a preview of our episode 4/2 with a spin studio that is taking on Soul Cycle…and winning!

 

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ClassPass and MealPal CoFounder, Mary Biggins, says anyone can be an Entrepreneur

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When her first idea didn’t work out, Mary Biggins pushed on.

That’s her personality.

She’s a problem solver, a go getter.

Call her, “Boston Strong,” if you will.

Today, she is CoFounder of two successful companies, ClassPass and MealPal.

ClassPass is in 49 Cities worldwide. The app connects users to fitness classes at a much lower cost than buying classes directly from studios. At last check, ClassPass has raised more than $450 million dollars with millions of classes booked through the app to date.

MealPal works similarly. For a price of about $5.99 per meal, users can get lunch from participating restaurants near their work area.

If you use either app, or just want to be inspired, listen to Mary’s story!

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I’m in Love with a Boss

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I know I said we would be releasing new episodes every other week, I wanted to sneak in another episode in honor of Valentine’s Day. As a hopeless romantic, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I wanted to know what the heck would attract someone to a BOSS, an ambitious person? Is it difficult to marry someone who is so dedicated to their career? Is it intimidating? Do these ambitious people offer something special, a certain je ne sais quoi?

To get answers, I asked my husband. What’s it like to be in love with a Boss? We kept it profesh, so don’t worry, not a lot of mushy-gushy stuff. Enjoy!

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“The Beyonce of Tech”: Melissa James Dreams it, Works Hard, and Grinds

I see it, I want it

I stunt, yellow bone it

I dream it, I work hard

I grind ’til I own it

I twirl on them haters…

—“Formation,” Beyonce

Beyonce gets noticed, she drops surprise albums and videos…Instagram posts letting the world know she is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever!
Our guest this week, Melissa James gets noticed too. Her goal: Become the Beyonce of Tech.

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Melissa left a job at Google to start her own company. Today she is CEO of the Tech Connection, a company that connects diverse talent to tech companies.

We’ve mentioned tech’s diversity problem before.
At Google and Facebook, for example, only 1% of employees are Black, while Black people make up nearly 13% of the population.
Only 16% of techies are women and women make up half of the population.

Melissa’s work to increase diversity in tech has earned her a US Presidential Service award from then President Obama, and a young alumni service award from her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa was named Boston Innovation Magazine’s 50 on Fire, and also a published author. Her first book, “When are you going to get a Real Career?”is available on itunes.

For more information on The Tech Connection, head here.

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Authenticity = Success

 

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(Reporting on tragedy…nine months prego if you can’t tell)

What is stopping you from success? Are you approaching your job or personal life being honest about what you want, or are you doing things that do not feel natural? Are you just going through the motions, doing what you are told? I felt that way for a long time in my career: covering stories that I saw other reporters get excited about, but I knew in my heart fires and car crashes only left me feeling depressed and uninspired. I actually left on-air TV reporting because I knew that chasing ambulances and police cruisers 95% of the time and only telling meaningful, people or policy driven stories 5% of the time was not going to cut it for me.

(Producing from in the office to out in the field)

So, I opted to become a producer at a local news Magazine show. Everyone asks, do you miss being on TV? Well, I haven’t fully left reporting, I do step in front of the camera now and again when needed. But in my primary role as a producer, I am more fulfilled. I have been able to cover and produce high quality television on topics from Transgender Youth, the Student Debt Crisis, Immigration, crazy local laws and even light stories like Caribbean travel and a whole half hour on bread. Producing and now hosting this podcast have helped me to work as my authentic self.

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Business Breakthrough Coach Aliya Levinson Kehoe is all about helping people find out what is stopping them from getting to where they want to go. She helps her clients find their truth, their authentic self and ultimately achieve success in the areas where they once stumbled. Some great advice for ANYONE.

Check out the interview and for more information on Aliya’s services: http://www.aliyalevinson.com/

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Aziz Ansari, Press Freedom, and a Lady Lawyer on the Rise

Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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This week, the importance of speaking out. From the young woman who shared her story about an uncomfortable sexual encounter with actor Aziz Ansari, the movie The Post and the importance of press freedom, accusations of, “fake news,” and efforts to shut down a news site that has been critical of a foreign government (and the Boss Lady at the helm of the site).

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Our episode concludes with an interview with a millennial woman who overcame a life setback to continue her climb to the top of one of the largest law firms in the world. She is also working to raise money for hurricane ravaged Dominica, the birthplace of her father. Her advice to those of us looking to be a BOSS–you have to lift others while you climb. Enjoy!

 

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“Negative Feedback…I Crave It.”

This week…Oprah Winfrey confirmed she is the QUEEN OF EVERYTHING during her speech at the Golden Globes Sunday. Many say she is flirting with the idea of running for president, but are her powers better used outside the oval office? There are conflicting opinions out there. I guess it’s up to Ms. Winfrey to decide.

 

Last week, we were excited about our new logo, but now, we got a new name. The Boss Bitches Podcast is no more. We are now the Bosscast, think Podcast with the word BOSS in front. Why? Well, algorithms apparently hate the word, “B-I-T-C-H,” even though we were using it in a positive, empowering way. Algorithms can’t decipher between a positive podcast with the word bitch and a hateful speech filled podcast that may have an innocent sounding title (sadly there are a lot of negative, hate-rallying podcasts out there)…Anyway, I can’t fight the computer Gods, so Bosscast is it! Same great content, different name.

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Our interview this week is with Jessica Brondo Davidoff, a 35-year-old serial entrepreneur. Negative feedback helped her start and successfully run two companies. At 22-years-old, she started The Edge in College Prep, a New York City based company that combines college test prep with admissions counseling. Eight years later, she started launched Admitted.ly, a web and mobile platform that utilized fun Buzzfeed-like quizzes to match students to their ideal colleges and universities. Admittedly raised more than 2 million dollars in seed-funding then in 2016, the company was acquired and is now called, MyOptions. The company has more than 6 million users and prides itself on being free for students to use so that all potential co-eds have a more equal playing field when it comes to college admissions.

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A graduated of Princeton University, Jess loves working in education and tech. However, it hasn’t always been easy. From being shunned by female mentors who later reached out when she hit it big and sexual harassment, Jess says her path hasn’t always been perfect. However, she has surrounded herself with good people who have made helped make her businesses successful.

If you’re looking to launch a tech venture , Jess recommends 1. bartending, it allows for time during the day for meetings 2. start a company that is filling a deficiency or a need, 3. don’t be afraid of negative feedback, and 4. when pitching, make sure your power outfit is ready to go!

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Visions and Wedding Bells

New Logo, Who This!

What do you think of our new logo? Designed by my college age sister studying to be a graphic designer! I had a vision and she made it real. Thanks baby sis!

First topic of discussion…Hoda Kotb is named the newest anchor of the Today Show after Matt Lauer’s firing for sexual misconduct in the workplace. Two women co-anchoring the most watched morning show. This is amazing!

Did Hoda set a plan for this. Did she visualize her ascension to the top of morning news? Maybe. Visualization is a powerful tool. If you imagine you have already achieved success or already gotten what it is you want (a new job, romantic partner, etc.), it can happen! Not simply because you visualized it, but because visualizing will make you put things in to action to get what you want.

And finally, did you get engaged this holiday? Wedding and Event Planner Myriam Michel (@mmeliteevents on instagram) has great advice for planning a wedding. She also shares the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to entrepreneurship.

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Listen and be inspired to start 2018 right!

“Success Doesn’t have to be linear.”

If you’ve already subscribed to the podcast, unsubscribe and then subscribe again. Sorry for the trouble! Ugh! Technical stuff is the worst.

What is the BEST is hearing from Millennials who are kicking ass in their industries and willing to impart their wisdom. This week, we talk to Lauren N. Williams, Features Editor at Essence Magazine and journalism Fellow at Harvard University.

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At first, her plan was to be Editor-In-Chief of Cosmo or Marie Claire magazines. But when she began feeling unfulfilled at her mainstream magazine jobs, fate connected her to Essence magazine where she has been able to cover the Obamas (several times), appear on television, and travel to tell both fun and inspiring stories. She says she loves working for a publication that advocates and fights to tell the often ignored stories about black people.

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Lauren at Essence Fest in New Orleans with Issa Rae and Jay Ellis of HBO’s, “Insecure.”

 

Unafraid to speak her mind and go for what she wants, Lauren is a Boss. Still, like most ambitious women, she says she she’s only just begun.

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Lean on Me

Harassment sucks. What sucks even more is when women don’t stand up for one another. When we gossip instead of protect. When we slut shame instead of support. In the words of one of the most unforgettable songs of our time, “it won’t be long ’till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”

Two women this week have shown me how important it is to stand up for someone when they need someone to lean on. First, my daughter. She turns two on Tuesday. Her best friend at school is Autistic, but clearly that doesn’t matter to her. She loves her BFF. When she saw that her friend needed protecting from other kids, she stood up for her.  She holds her hand. She invites her to play. Some how she knew this was someone who needed a friend. I am proud of my daughter everyday, but certainly proud of her compassion for others. I hope she never losses that. Here is a picture of my daughter and her friend. Her friend’s face is blurred out to protect her identity.

Another woman not afraid to stand up for others…Melissa Hortman (D- Minnesota). She is the minority leader in the Minnesota State Legislature.  Hortman spoke up when she saw her male colleagues (all white) were disrespecting their fellow female colleagues (all of whom were women of color). One of the men asked Hortman to apologize. She did not. And her stance against her male colleagues went viral.

Hortman is a lawyer and mother of two who’s proudest accomplishments are pushing for more booster seats for children in her state and environmental reforms. But getting in to politics was not easy. In fact, she had to run THREE TIMES before she was elected. Her advice can help anyone who has a dream that seems out of reach: “Once you figure out what your dream is, don’t give up easily. Keep fighting.”

Bitches on the Rise

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you survived the crazy traffic, family togetherness, and food comas!

This week, Boss Bitches takes a new format. A round table discussion with some very smart and funny ladies.

First, Thanksgiving. The average American ate 4500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner, according to the Calorie Control Council. That’s over twice the recommended calorie intake for an entire day, according to The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Yikes! Who will be hitting the gym to repent 🙋🏾‍♀️. Do you spend Thanksgiving with friends where you live or travel to family? Personally, I love being with my family and appreciate time with them more after many years as a local news reporter working nearly every holiday.

Another thing that happens Thanksgiving weekend? Yes, lots of spending 💸 (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday) but also, lots of engagements! Congrats to the happy couples!! Did you get engaged or know someone who did? Even if it felt like everyone got engaged this weekend, Thanksgiving is NOT the most popular day to get engaged. According to Wedding Wire, there will be even more engagement announcements in your feed next month!

But really- is getting engaged an accomplishment? There was a HuffPo article with a similar title published earlier this year. The author, Natalie Brooke, said, My frustration is this: It is 2016 and being popped the question is still more celebrated than academic and professional pursuits of women. Yes, college graduations and landing a great career and receiving wonderful promotions are all received with happiness from friends and family, but not even close to the same level of elation received when you announce that you are getting hitched. This is my experience, at least.”

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We need to do better people! Get excited for the babies and bling posts, but also the new jobs and graduations too! And ladies, we need to celebrate our own accomplishments! Let the world know you’re a BOSS BITCH! brag about how you’re crushing it at work, your side hustle, or lost a ton of weight! Those are posts worth reading!

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“My Life is Mine.”

“My Life is Mine.”


Thank you to everyone who listened to the first episode of Boss Bitches! I knew there were so many kick ass women out there with stories to tell! Listeners have sent ideas and interview suggestions so thank you thank you. Keep ’em comin’!

Before we head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, a question for you. Maybe ask your friends and family at the dinner table. (Get ready for a heated debate). Why are women are judge for the things we do? We are either judged never doing enough or doing the most. The truth is, to be a Boss Bitch, you just have to do what you feel is right for you (within the law of course).

This week on the “Bosscast” (trying to make this word a thing, what do you think?) words from inspiring and successful women encouraging others to own who they are and not care what others think, whether you are single and childless at 45 or a young mom trying to have it all.

Tracee Ellis Ross put it best in her speech this week at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit:

“Boldness is seen as threatening and scary and it’s certainly not what the patriarchy had in mind. So join me for a moment and imagine what would it be like for women to completely own our power? To have agency over our own glory, our sexuality and not in order to create a product or to sell it or to feel worthy of love or to use it as a tool for safety… At the same time with all of that volatility there is this surge of empowerment happening, #blacklivesmatter, #blackgirlmagic, The Women’s March, #metoo. I am trying to gather that with all of the energy and around me and match that with the realization that my life is mine.”

Ross’ comments are an anthem for single women, but really, ALL women can be inspired by the message of realizing, “my life is mine.”

This week we’re also talking about periods and baby making with Gina Nebesar, chief of product at fertility app, Ovia. Like Ross, Nebesar is encouraging women to own who they are! Doesn’t get any more boss bitch than that!

 

gina nebesarA married, working mom of one (almost two!), Nebesar and her colleagues say their app has helped thousands of families conceive. A graduate of Harvard Business School running a successful and growing tech company, she has always been a Boss. But when she first became a boss at work, she struggled finding the balance between being assertive and being herself. Now she says she lets herself, “off the hook a lot. I try not to be perfect or not to expect too much. Some days, you’re going to be this perfect mom or this perfect colleague and some days you’re going to be neither and that’s ok.”

This tech boss’ definition of a Boss Bitch, ” A strong female leader. Somebody who is themselves and confident and helps bring other people up as well.”

It was a fun conversation! Hope you enjoy!

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Ovia Fertility, Pregnancy, and Parenting apps helping women learn more about their bodies and raise healthy families

 

 

“Every Woman needs a little Bitch in her.”

“Every Woman needs a little Bitch in her.”

Whether you’re taking on sexual predators (boy, bye!), running for office, or starting an online career, every woman needs a little bitch in her!

In this first episode of Boss Bitches, host Nneka takes on these issues and interviews a woman who was able to quit her job and start a successful career as a full time blogger. It wasn’t easy, but Sarah Dussault says anyone can do it, just start!

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